May 22, 2024
Abia 2023 Gubernatorial Elections; FENRAD calls for Active Citizens and Demand for scorecard from Elected Representative & berated Seventh Abia House of Assembly on failure to checkmate the excess of the Executive.
Abia 2023 Gubernatorial Elections; FENRAD calls for Active Citizens and Demand for scorecard from Elected Representative & berated Seventh Abia House of Assembly on failure to checkmate the excess of the Executive.
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Abia 2023 Gubernatorial Elections; FENRAD calls for Active Citizens and Demand for scorecard from Elected Representative & berated Seventh Abia House of Assembly on failure to checkmate the excess of the Executive.

 

For a while now, the Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development, FENRAD, a Pro-democracy, Human and environmental rights Advocacy group has been following with keen interest the ongoing push for the recall of Hon. Uzoma Abonta, member representing Ukwa East and Ukwa West Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.

 

While FENRAD does not believe in media trial, grapevine rhetorics, and political manhunt, the Foundation, guided by the principles of rights, including fair hearing, insists that the process of recall once finalized be allowed to go uninterrupted so that democracy which itself is a game of popularity is served on the constituents of Hon. Uzoma Abonta. And while this is the case, there should be no room for unhealthy tirade and vitriol against the person and office of Abonta until this process is over.

 

Recall, said FENRAD, is one of the checks and accountability mechanisms through which constituents remove the elected legislator they feel does not represent their interest in government. While this remains the status quo, FENRAD says that more needs to be done to ensure that constituents and represented peoples elsewhere mount this kind of oversight on those elected to keep legislators on their toes.

 

Worried about what it perceives to be lethargy on the part of the Abia State Seventh House of  Assembly, FENRAD calls on the legislators to increase its oversight functions on many projects going on in the state. FENRAD, at this point, wishes to ascertain what the position of the House is on Port Harcourt, Obohia, Uratta and Ngwa roads, being a NEWMAP project, beyond committee stage and summonses after a legislator moved a motion in the floor of the house last year,  What has the Assembly done to unravel the true situation on the ground and make known the same to Abians whose taxes keep them?

FENRAD calls on state lawmakers to oversight dragging projects in the state like the failed Faulks Road, the Osisioma Flyover, Remoulding of Ariaria International and Ahiaohuru markets, and many other projects in the state which has turn to be abandoned.

 

FENRAD believes that as the issues of Recall is happening at the federal level with the constituent plan to recall its elected Representative such Action should be replicated at the State House of Assembly level   FENRAD stress that constituents should be at the alert and monitor their elected Representative and ensure they hold them to account on service delivery and oversight , it is only when this is done at all levels  of government that democracy can thrive and power given to the people. Indeed, when the people control their representatives democracy strives while anything contrary and otherwise is tyranny by the minority, FENRAD says.

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